Welcome To The St. James' Club
"Welcome To The St. James' Club" stands with "Curves Ahead" and "Tourist In Paradise" as one of the best loved Rippingtons CDs, with its nine instrumentals and one vocal track (the psuedo-African chorus of "Kenya"). A few tracks also feature the Rippingtons hallmark scat (wordless) vocals, but Russ Freeman is clearly the center of the musical arrangements, using a wide variety of guitars, guitar synthesizer, keyboards, bass, drums and anything else he could think of to create the right smooth jazz vibe. Interestingly the even numbered tracks tend to be the more dynamic, edgy tracks (and usually feature the overdriven electric guitar solos), while the odd numbered tracks tend to be more introspective, romantic or relaxing. Anyone know why?
|Welcome To The St. James' Club
|I Watched Her Walk Away
|Affair In San Miguel
|Tropic Of Capricorn
|Who's Holding Her Now?
|Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Keyboard Programming, Percussion, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Production, Arrangements, Engineering, Mixing
|Cymbals, Hat, Additional Cymbals
|Percussion, Vocals, Additional Engineering
|Additional Fretless Bass, Additional Fretted Bass
|Sax, Soprano Sax
|Additional Engineering, Mixing
|Associate Mix Engineering
|Additional Mixing on "Kenya", "Wednesday's Child" and "Soul Mates"
|GRP Production Coordination
|Front Cover Artwork
|GRP Creative Direction
|Recorded March-May, 1990 at The Slam Shack & Pacifique Studios. Additional engineering at Slam Shack, Pacifique and Aire L.A. Studios.
Mixed with B.A.S.E. Spacial Audio Processing at Aire L.A. Studios, Glendale, CA, May 1990.
Edited and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Wardrobe and stylist: Andi Howard.
Hair: Lucia Casteneda.
Make-Up: Bruce Grayson